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Cadmus,

in Greek legend, son of AgenorAgenor
, in Greek mythology. 1 King of Tyre, father of Cadmus and Europa. When Europa disappeared, Agenor sent Cadmus and his other sons in search of her. 2 Trojan hero, son of Antenor.
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 and founder of ThebesThebes,
chief city of Boeotia, in ancient Greece. It was originally a Mycenaean city. Thebes is rich in associations with Greek legend and religion (see Oedipus; the Seven against Thebes; Epigoni). Sometime before 1000 B.C.
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. Misfortune followed his family because he killed the sacred dragon that guarded the spring of Ares. Athena told him to sow the dragon's teeth, and from these sprang the Sparti [sown men], ancestors of the noble families of Thebes. Cadmus married Harmonia, daughter of Ares and Aphrodite. At their wedding he presented her with a sacred robe and necklace, made by Hephaestus, which later brought misfortune to their possessors (see AmphiaraüsAmphiaraüs
, in Greek mythology, a prophet, one of the ill-fated Seven against Thebes. He foresaw the disaster of the expedition, but Polynices bribed his wife, Eriphyle, with the magic necklace of Harmonia, to convince him to go.
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; AlcmaeonAlcmaeon
, in Greek legend, son of Amphiaraüs and Eriphyle, a leader of the expedition of the Epigoni against Thebes. He murdered his mother in revenge for his father's death and consequently was haunted by the Erinyes until he found haven on Achelous' island.
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). They had four daughters—Ino, Semele, Autonoe, and Agave. In their old age Cadmus and Harmonia were turned into serpents by Zeus and sent to live in the Elysian fields.
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Cadmus

introduced the alphabet to the Greeks. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 161]

Cadmus

sows dragon’s teeth that turn into armed men. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 180]
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Kadmos. Is it the same or does it seem to you to have changes?
Kadmos. And is this fluttering still with your psyche?
II, Part 4: Die karischen Inschriften (Stockholm: Paul Astrom, 1983); Lars Karlsson and Olivier Henry, 'A Carian Graffito from Labraunda', Kadmos 47 (2008): 171-6.
and Ovid, Metamorphoses Book II, last tale and III, continued in tale of Kadmos.
. "Seals and Script with Special Reference to Ancient Crete." Kadmos 1 (1962) 1-15.
. "Seals and Script III: Cretan Seal Use and the Dating of Linear Script B." Kadmos 3 (1964) 29-57.
"Uberlegungen zu dem mykenischen Begriff po-ro-witojo auf PY Tn 316," Kadmos 41, pp.
As luck would have it this forebear is named in the letter: his name is Kadmos" (p.
Myth and stereotype inform the stories of Elissa/Dido, Kadmos, Phoenix, Agenor, Adonis, and other culture heroes.
Poetto, "Ancora sulla parola per 'esercito' in luvio," Kadmos 21 (1982): 101-3; idem, "E ancora su 'esercito' in luvio," Athenaeum 61 (1983): 528-29.